Too much corn...

06 March, 2015

I let it happen. I should have known better, but no. 'It will be ok', I thought. No so.

No, my friends, I didn't succession plant. I planted all my corn seed in one go, and now I am drowning in cobs.

I can't eat 5 cobs of corn every day or two. I don't want to eat 5 cobs of corn every day or two. Just one or two would be nice.

I should have succession sowed. Otherwise I wouldn't be dealing with this all too often.


What to do. I can't be bothered pressure canning such a small quantity. But corn does freeze well so that's how I've been dealing with excess cobs.

First peel your corn.


Slice off raw kernels.


Once you have a collection of kernels, these can be packed away in plastic zip lock bags.


However I've run out of bags, plus I don't really like to use disposable bags unless I have to.

Ball mason jars to the rescue! I had forgotten that these are ok for freezing, but had been reminded on reading up about preserving on this fabulous blog.

So I have been slowly accumulating frozen corn. My usual harvests will fill up about half of a pint jar. So I simply topped up that half jar of frozen corn with today's pickings.

They just managed to fit.


Now back into the freezer, for potential future corn fritters, chicken and corn soup, or maybe even made into salsa for future pressure canning.


Yay for no waste freezing strategies. And yet another use for mason jars.

Though next year I really must try and be better at successive sowing.

14 comments:

  1. It seems hard to imagine too much corn, but my goodness, what an elegant solution. I guess you could also dry it, but I am sure frozen tastes much better.

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    1. Hmm, I'm not too sure about dried corn either. I'll stick with freezing, it is so easy!

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  2. I love mason jars too, but if I froze in them I wouldn't have enough room in the freezer. I so wish I had bought myself a larger one when I move here.

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    1. Yes, more freezer shelf space would always be handy! I'm tempted to buy another chest type freezer, but I think I would just end up filling that too!

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  3. The thing about corn is that it needs good pollination from the surrounding plants. If you succession sow, I'm wondering how small a planting can be before pollination is affected.

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    1. Hmm, good point. I'd be thinking a couple of rows at a time, say around 10 plants. Or plant blocks of 9 in 3x3 rows. But less than that I don't think would be that successful. Maybe an experiment in future?...

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  4. Excellent freezing solutions there, thanks.
    I am lazy and just cut the whole cob in thirds (leaving the husk in place) which is the amount I have each day.
    Then put them in any plastic bag and freeze.
    Then just cook and eat off the cob.
    I believe that freezing without blanching is fine for less than 12 weeks.
    Also for the corn I have grown I find that cobs mature at slightly different times, which helps too.

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    1. I'd never thought of freezing whole cobs! But from a space perspective I think I'll still remove the kernels. My cobs are ripening at different times, but with so many plants at once I'm still drowning in them!

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  5. This is a great idea, I did stagger plant but I now have about 20 odd plants all ready for picking! I plan to freeze some whole in their husks but I like this idea too for soups etc! Mason jars are just so awesome :D

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    1. Yes, mason jars are truly awesome! Maybe stagger planting wouldn't have helped me that much...

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  7. Very envious Bec! I planted corn for the first time this year. Block formation. Twelve in November and another nine in December. Unfortunately the cobs have only half formed and the plants are beginning to die off. Any suggestions please?

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  8. Very envious Bec! I planted corn for the first time this year. Block formation. Twelve in November and another nine in December. Unfortunately the cobs have only half formed and the plants are beginning to die off. Any suggestions please?

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    1. Hmmm. I am starting to get plants dying off, but that is mostly because I am pretty lazy with watering. Corn loves water. If you are keeping the water up to them I would just leave them. I have read that you can break the corn plants over where the cobs are forming and then kind of fold them over at the cob, so the forming cobs point downwards. Apparently it directs the plants into putting more energy into the cobs. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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